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Cardiac anaesthesia

Gerhard Batz, Michael Dinkel
Echocardiography as an imaging method in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine has enabled a new dimension of hemodynamic monitoring: the direct visualization of the cardiac function and its disruptions. Preconditions for a broad application in this area was the development of mobile, high-definition ultrasonic devices and the origination of focused examination techniques. A successful application of this method requires the respective know-how of the examiner, in order to take relevant decisions and avoid misdiagnoses...
October 2016: Anästhesiologie, Intensivmedizin, Notfallmedizin, Schmerztherapie: AINS
Kanchi Muralidhar, Deepak Tempe, Yatin Mehta, Poonam Malhotra Kapoor, Chirojit Mukherjee, Thomas Koshy, Prabhat Tewari, Naman Shastri, Satyajeet Misra, Kumar Belani
During current medical care, perioperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has become a vital component of patient management, especially in cardiac operating rooms and in critical care medicine. Information derived from echocardiography has an important bearing on the patient's outcome. The Indian Association of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Anaesthesiologists (IACTA) has promoted the use of TEE during routine clinical care of patients undergoing cardiac surgery. An important mission of IACTA is to oversee training and certify anesthesiologists in the perioperative and intensive care use of TEE...
October 2016: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
Poonam Malhotra Kapoor, Kanchi Muralidhar, Navin C Nanda, Yatin Mehta, Naman Shastry, Kalpana Irpachi, Aditya Baloria
In 1980, Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE) first technology has introduced the standard of practice for most cardiac operating rooms to facilitate surgical decision making. Transoesophageal echocardiography as a diagnostic tool is now an integral part of intraoperative monitoring practice of cardiac anaesthesiology. Practice guidelines for perioperative transesophageal echocardiography are systematically developed recommendations that assist in the management of surgical patients, were developed by Indian Association of Cardiac Anaesthesiologists (IACTA)...
October 2016: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
Michael H Andreae, Arthur Atchabahian, Aileen M McCrillis, Jerry Y Chao, Suzuko Suzuki, Shlomo Shinnar, Charles B Hall, Richard B Lipton
This is the protocol for a review and there is no abstract. The objectives are as follows: The objective of this review is to compare the effects of regional versus general anaesthesia on cognitive function after procedures other than cardiac surgery or neurosurgery in adult and in paediatric patients.
2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
A Ammar, K Mahmoud, A Elkersh, Z Kasemy
There is a strong association between pre-operative diastolic dysfunction and difficulty in weaning from cardiopulmonary bypass. We compared the effects of propofol and isoflurane on left ventricular diastolic function in patients with pre-existing diastolic dysfunction undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting. We randomly allocated 60 patients to receive either propofol or isoflurane anaesthesia, and assessed left ventricular diastolic function using transoesophageal echocardiography. We measured early (E), late (A) diastolic velocities, E/A ratio, A-wave duration and deceleration time using pulsed wave Doppler, and early (Em), late (Am) diastolic velocities of the mitral annulus, Em/Am ratio and isovolumetric relaxation time using tissue Doppler...
November 2016: Anaesthesia
R S Monteiro, D P Dob, M R Cauldwell, M A Gatzoulis
Women with a single ventricle circulation palliated with the Fontan operation require specialist multidisciplinary management. We report 14 such cases with successful pregnancies and detail the pathophysiology encountered. A combined obstetric and cardiac service between Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and Royal Brompton Hospital provides care for women with heart disease, and maintains a prospective database of referred women. We searched this database for women with a known Fontan circulation and reviewed the case notes and electronic patient records between January 1994 and December 2015...
September 7, 2016: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
Deepak Prakash Borde, Antony George, Shreedhar Joshi, Suresh Nair, Thomas Koshy, Uday Gandhe, Murali Chakravarthy
CONTEXT: Use of perioperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has expanded in India. Despite attempts to standardize the practice of TEE in cardiac surgical procedures, variation in practice and application exists. This is the first online survey by Indian College of Cardiac Anaesthesia, research and academic wing of the Indian Association of Cardiovascular Thoracic Anaesthesiologists (IACTA). AIMS: We hypothesized that variations in practice of intraoperative TEE exist among centers and this survey aimed at analyzing them...
October 2016: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
P Laborda-Vidal, B Pedro, M Baker, A R Gelzer, J Dukes-McEwan, T W Maddox
Pulmonic stenosis (PS) is the most common congenital cardiac disease in dogs. Boxers and English bulldogs are among the most commonly affected breeds and also commonly associated with an aberrant coronary artery (CA). If an aberrant CA is suspected and balloon valvuloplasty indicated, an intra-operative angiography is recommended prior to the procedure. ECG-gated computed tomography (CT) can be used to screen for CA anomalies in a quick and minimally-invasive way (preventing side effects associated with selective catheter angiography) and allowing early planning of the procedure...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology: the Official Journal of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology
Tomoki Nishiyama
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to compare cardiac sympathetic and parasympathetic balance using heart rate variability (HRV) during induction of anaesthesia between sevoflurane and isoflurane in combination with nitrous oxide. METHODS: 40 individuals aged from 30 to 60 years, scheduled for general anaesthesia were equally divided into sevoflurane or isoflurane groups. After 100% oxygen inhalation for a few minutes, anaesthesia was induced with nitrous oxide 3 L min⁻¹, oxygen 3 L min-1 and sevoflurane or isoflurane...
September 30, 2016: Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy
Christian Graß, Federica Stretti, Waseem Zakhary, Edwin Turton, Sophia Sgouoropoulou, Meinhard Mende, Joerg Ender
BACKGROUND: Fast track (FT) treatment in cardiac anaesthesia is state of the art. Aim of our study was to compare FT treatment in a post anaesthetic care unit (PACU) with limited opening hours with a PACU opened for unlimited hours. Primary endpoints were extubation time (ET), length of stay (LOS) in PACU and LOS in intermediate care unit (IMC). Secondary endpoints were FT success/failure, hospital LOS, re- intubation and in hospital mortality. METHODS: At our institution, FT is usually managed in a PACU with limited opening hours from 10am to 10pm, Monday to Friday (PACU12)...
September 27, 2016: Minerva Anestesiologica
Daphné Michelet, Christopher Brasher, Houssam Ben Kaddour, Thierno Diallo, Rachida Abdat, Serge Malbezin, Arnaud Bonnard, Souhayl Dahmani
BACKGROUND: Data on major non-surgical postoperative complications following neonatal and infant surgery is lacking. The goal of the present study was to describe common major complications and their predictive factors. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study consisted of a retrospective review of medical charts of patients less than 6 months of age operated in our institution over one calendar year, excluding herniorraphy surgery. The data collected included demographics, preoperative ICU bed status, ASA status, a history of cardiac malformation, hyaline membrane disease (HMD) or necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), preoperative haemoglobin, emergent surgery status, surgery type and duration, duration of anaesthesia and the need for intraoperative fluid boluses...
September 23, 2016: Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
V La Fauci, R Riso, A Facciolà, V Merlina, R Squeri
BACKGROUND: Healthcare associated infections are an important threat of Public Health. Several studies investigated the possible role played by the hospital environment in the transmission of nosocomial pathogens. In addition to the "classic" nosocomial surfaces, some researches focused their attention on "alternative" surfaces. Little is known about the protective lead garments used in operating rooms. STUDY DESIGN: This study was conducted in three phases to investigate the microbiological contamination and the normal use of these garments...
September 2016: Annali di Igiene: Medicina Preventiva e di Comunità
Wai-Tat Wong, Veronica Kw Lai, Yee Eot Chee, Anna Lee
BACKGROUND: Fast-track cardiac care is a complex intervention involving several components of care during cardiac anaesthesia and in the postoperative period, with the ultimate aim of early extubation after surgery, to reduce length of stay in the intensive care unit and in the hospital. Safe and effective fast-track cardiac care may reduce hospital costs. This is an update of a Cochrane review first published in 2003, updated in 2012 and updated now in 2016. OBJECTIVES: To determine the safety and effectiveness of fast-track cardiac care compared with conventional (not fast-track) care in adult patients undergoing cardiac surgery...
September 12, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
A M-H Ho, M K Karmakar, S K Ng, S Wan, C S H Ng, R H L Wong, S K C Chan, G M Joynt
We conducted a small pilot observational study of the effects of bilateral thoracic paravertebral block (BTPB) as an adjunct to perioperative analgesia in coronary artery bypass surgery patients. The initial ropivacaine dose prior to induction of general anaesthesia was 3 mg/kg, which was followed at the end of the surgery by infusion of ropivacaine 0.25% 0.1 ml/kg/hour on each side (e.g. total 35 mg/hour for a 70 kg person). The BTPB did not eliminate the need for supplemental opioids after CABG in the eight patients studied...
September 2016: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
E Pesonen, J Keski-Nisula, S Andersson, R Palo, J Salminen, P K Suominen
BACKGROUND: Corticosteroids are used in paediatric heart surgery to attenuate systemic inflammatory response. Glycocalyx regulates vascular permeability, shear stress and cell adhesion on the endothelium. Syndecan-1 serves as a biomarker of glycocalyx degradation. Hydrocortisone decreased endothelial glycocalyx degradation in an experimental model. Our hypothesis was that high-dose methylprednisolone decreases glycocalyx degradation as measured by plasma sydecan-1 concentration in children undergoing cardiac surgery...
November 2016: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
M Franck, K Nerlich, B Neuner, P Schlattmann, W R Brockhaus, C D Spies, F M Radtke
BACKGROUND: Post-operative delirium and post-operative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) are both common but it has not been clarified how closely they are associated. We aimed to assess the possible relationship in a secondary analysis of data from the 'Surgery Depth of anaesthesia and Cognitive outcome'- study. METHODS: We included patients aged ≥ 60 years undergoing non-cardiac surgery planned for longer than 60 min. Delirium was assessed according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV criteria in the post-anaesthesia care unit (PACU) as well as within the first week after surgery...
November 2016: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
I Sellbrant, M Brattwall, P Jildenstål, M Warren-Stomberg, S Forsberg, J G Jakobsson
Available general and local anaesthetics, third generation inhaled anaesthetics, propofol and amide class local anaesthetics are effective and reassuringly safe. They are all associated to low incidence of toxicology and or adverse-effects. There is however a debate whether anaesthetic drug and technique could exhibit effects beyond the primary effects; fully reversible depression of the central nervous system, dose dependent anaesthesia. Anaesthetics may be involved in the progression of neurocognitive side effects seen especially in the elderly after major surgery, so called Postoperative Cognitive Dysfunction...
August 22, 2016: International Journal of Surgery
Jiri Kobr, Zdenek Slavik, Hideki Uemura, Imran Saeed, Anke Furck, Katerina Pizingerová, Jiri Fremuth, Zbynek Tonar
The primary objective was to create a clinically relevant model of right ventricular hypertension and to study right ventricular myocardial pathophysiology in growing organism. The secondary objective was to analyse the effect of oral enoximone (phosphodiesterase inhibitor) therapy on right ventricular haemodynamic parameters and myocardial changes in biomodel of right ventricular hypertension. The study included a total of 12 piglets of 42 days of age. Under general anaesthesia, pulmonary artery banding (PAB) was performed surgically to constrict the main pulmonary artery to about 70-80 % of its original dimension...
August 24, 2016: Pediatric Cardiology
Linda A Rasmussen, Pia K Ryhammer, Jacob Greisen, Rajesh R Bhavsar, Anne-Grethe Lorentzen, Carl-Johan Jakobsen
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) is a well-known complication after cardiac surgery and may cause permanent disabilities with severe consequences for quality of life. The objectives of this study were, first, to estimate the frequency of POCD after on-pump cardiac surgery in patients randomized to remifentanil- or sufentanil-based anesthesia and, second, to evaluate the association between POCD and quality of recovery and perioperative hemodynamics, respectively...
September 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
J C Galán Gutiérrez, F E Fernández Suárez, P Miranda García, L A Sopena Zubiria
Eisenmenger syndrome (ES) is a complex combination of cardiovascular abnormalities defined as pulmonary hypertension with investment or bidirectional flow through an intracardiac or aortopulmonary communication, usually secondary to a congenital heart disease not resolved promptly. It carries a significant risk of perioperative mortality, with an incidence close to 30% for non-cardiac surgery. We report the anaesthetic management in a ES patient undergoing breast surgery, which was successfully performed under general anaesthesia combined with thoracic analgesic blocks...
August 20, 2016: Revista Española de Anestesiología y Reanimación
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